Friday, October 22, 2010

Mzalendo Halisi Initiatives

Who we are, our objectives
  • Twenty Thirty Ventures Ltd. is a not-for-profit transformational Social Enterprise that aspires to engage in activities that are geared towards fostering a socio-cultural order that binds Kenyans by venturing in social cultural activities that are a celebration of being Kenyan. We believe that there is a strength that comes from diversity and from unity and it is time to channel it positively for the enhancement of our Nationhood.

     Inspired by the 4th Guiding Principle of the Kenya Vision 2030 that states “In the pursuit of economic, social and political aspirations, Kenyans shall formulate and adopt a core set of national values, goals and political ideology”, we aim to engage in social ventures that will aid Kenya in developing a universally accepted national set of values and social institutions that primarily foster equity, national unity and cohesion, and the attitude change necessary to combat the twin cancers of corruption and impunity.

    Twenty Thirty Ventures Ltd. recognizes that it is crucial at this stage of national rebirth to set a character benchmark with which current and future generations of Kenyans will vet appropriate leadership and patriotism for the benefit of all. Twenty Thirty Ventures Ltd. aims to primarily engage in programs that achieve the following objectives in Kenya:
    1. Define National Values
    2. Redefine Success
    3. Promote Cohesion, Unity and Conflict Mitigation
    4. Promote Justice, Equity, Equality & Fairness
    5. Promote Mentorship
    6. Promote Gender Parity
    7. Identify and Nurture Talent while fostering an environment where creativity, innovation and hard work are rewarded
    8. Promote National, Cultural and Social Pride and sense of Worth

    Activity Description

    Area of Implementation
    We are inspired by the recognition that unless we radically change the way we do things in this country then Kenya will surely burn as evidenced by the post election violence witnessed after the 2007 general election. Our outlook is national; we aim to roll out our activities in every corner of Kenya.

    Beneficially Community
    It is important to state from the onset that our initiatives will target both genders on a 50-50 basis with a commitment not to discriminate towards either.  While our activities are not specific to promoting gender parity, we intend to do everything in our power to address both genders equally while trying to rectify the situation today where most gender based programs, though noble, are slanted to favor the girl child. It is no secret that youths in violent gangs are mostly male and these need to be engaged in gainful employment.

    Our organization is born of the current state of chaos in the Kenyan society. Besides the post election violence of 2008, most relationships in our society are in a state of flux. This is true to business relationships, social relationships, leader vs the led relationships, teacher student relationships, relationships between parents and their children, spouses, religious leadership and their flock, name it! We boldly trace this breakdown to the lack of managed generational transition; from the first generation of Kenyans who were caught in conflict between modern and tradition norms to the current generation which has largely aspired for and adopted a western way of life. We have not defined methodology for mentoring the youth, and eventually handing over responsibility to them. We believe this situation is both accidental, and by design. We have as a society adopted modern norms wholesale while purging the good tried and tested social systems that exited and worked in our traditional society. There is general lack of respect and trust between individuals, communities and for institutions within the modern Kenyan psyche.

    It is true of Kenya that:

    1.      The education system favors book smart students and is geared towards white collar employment
    2.      Apart from athletics, there exists no structured sport development effort
    3.      There are no structured talent spotting and development efforts
    4.      We have not fully exploited social cultural and leisure activities as a source of livelihood and general wellness of our society
    5.      We have no universal national values and taboos
    6.      Meritocracy is lacking within majority of sectors in the Kenyan society, nepotism is the order of the day
    7.      There is a dire shortage of positive role models for the youth of Kenya be it in political leadership, religious leadership, business leadership, youth leadership, social leadership and all manner of leadership.
    8.      We do not have structured initiation into teenage and adulthood
    9.      There is no structured national mentorship effort for our youth
    10.  There is no structured effort to have youths of different communities interact and integrate, and the current education system that confines youth to their regions of birth during their school years makes it even worse
    11.  Most efforts to fight corruption are perceived to have largely failed
    12.  There is a worrying level of apathy and cynicism among the Kenyan population, especially the youth, towards participating in decision making and activism on matters that impact their daily lives

    For a long time the Kenyan society has emphasized book learning at the expense of other talents. We believe millions of talented youths are idle and living in despair because we lack professional support programs to identify, nurture and monetize these talents. Twenty Thirty Ventures Ltd intends to change this. We believe social cultural activities, recreation activities, entertainment and sports can provide much needed employment for our youth, while providing an outlet for pent up emotions and acting as agent of integration through interaction. We aim to exploit the Kenyan entrepreneurial spirit, the creativity of our youth while taking advantage of modern ICT advancements and prevailing corporate social consciousness of our corporate organizations.

    Twenty Thirty Ventures Ltd. believes that the paramount driver for national cohesion, integration and accelerated growth will be a total attitude change among our people. This attitude change will only be achieved if processes for nurturing and rewarding hard work, creativity and innovation in the Kenyan society are proactively made fair/just and seen to be fair/just.

    In this regard, our proposal tackles the following key areas:
    ·         Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation
    ·         Good Governance
    ·         Civic participation
    ·         Workforce Development


    Our first ambitious initiative will be the leveling of the playing field. We aim to create a value system for defining the rules of the game by which we will judge the players. 

    Who are the players?
    ·         The Kenyans who go about their daily business to earn an honest living
    ·         The Kenyans who have various unexploited talents
    ·         The Kenyans who yearn for honest servant leadership
    What is the game?
    ·         The creation of sustainable enterprises
    ·         An assurance that effort, creativity and innovativeness in all sectors of our society will be recognized and will be rewarding
    ·         An assurance that corruption and impunity will not be applauded
    ·         Restoration of a sense of hope, togetherness and well being for the Kenyan people
    ·         Restoration of a culture of paying an fair fee for services rendered/elimination of the culture of expecting handouts

          The particulars/specifics of our strategy are currently classified as TOP SECRET. We will post them here presently as we roll out our initiatives.

          These are unchartered waters, but we are determined, and we believe we have the support and the will of progressive Kenyan people is our sail.